If you have an impeccable interest in making knowledge and information accessible and you relish the idea of working in an academic environment, then a career as an academic librarian in an educational institution should suit you.
Librarians are generally in charge of managing, organising, evaluating and disseminating information. Taking up this role in any academic institution will be no different. This position should fit perfectly if you are articulate, widely read, well organised, flexible, and ambitious. You should also have an excellent communication skill and an ability to work amicably and independently with other people as you will be working with, other team of librarians and professionals in the institution to deliver excellent integrated services which support the learning, teaching, and research needs of the institution.
You will find this opportunity exciting if you have zero problems working round the clock to meet, the needs of students. Apart from being a hard worker, you should also demonstrate a good level of affinity for working with large volume of information; you should also be friendly and have an easy way of interacting with students while encouraging them on the act of reading.
There are also some basic educational requirements which you must meet in order to be duly considered for this position. Some of these qualifications include:
- A first degree certified by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information professionals or A degree in any relevant field from a recognised college plus a postgraduate diploma or masters in librarianship or information.
- A 2-3 years’ experience as a librarian in any higher educational institution will be an added advantage.
- A basic understanding of English language.
- Good IT skills with the ability to use Microsoft office suite.
- These requirements must be strictly met as they are considered a requirement for this position.
Taking up this position requires that you will perform complex technical library work as will be required of you. Notwithstanding, your basic responsibilities will include:
- Evaluating, collecting, organising and ensuring access to library’s extensive range of information, resources, and digital collections.
- You will need to coordinate and deliver digital literacy sessions to students, researchers, and staff of the institution.
- Select, acquire and catalogue information using the library and information software.
- Create, update and manage electronic and printed information resources.
- Review licensing and copyright issues related to the use of library materials.
- Deal with user inquiries, which may involve one-on-one advice sessions.
- Establish and maintain an effective working communication with academic staff and students of the institution.
- Assist researchers with literature searches using databases, printed resources, and the internet.
- Manage all aspects of the library collection both in print and online.
- Educate and guide students, faculty, and staff on the legal use of all library resources.
- Perform bibliographic searches in a variety of databases at the request of the faculty, staff, and students and provide instruction in their use as well.
- Contribute immensely to academic course development and liaise with academic departments.
- Manage and support the provision of reading lists and allocate the length of student book loans.
- You will also be involved in developing, supervising and evaluating other library employees; however, this will be subject to the level of the position you hold in the institution.
- Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
If you feel this should be the right fit for you, hurry now and apply while the opportunity is still open.